Chandala is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses, and is a Hindu lower caste.[1]

In parts of India except some regions like Bengal, Chandal can be also used for referring a mean or low person.[1][2]

See also


  1. Viswanath, Rupa (2014). The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India. Columbia University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-23116-306-4.
  2. Biswas, A. K. (2000). The Namasudras of Bengal: profile of a persecuted people. Blumoon Books. p. viii. Though he is physically almost practically unknown, save and except in Bengal, calling someone a Chandal is the ultimate insult and humiliation of a Hindu anywhere under the sun.

Further reading

  • Anna Dallapiccola, Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend, ISBN 0-500-51088-1
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